Roger misses final in New York

Roger was defeated by Novak Djokovic 7-5, 1-6, 7-5, 2-6 and 5-7 in today's semi-final at the US Open.

This means that unfortunately Roger will not play Rafa in what would have been the eighth Grand Slam championship match between tennis' top two men — and first such showdown at Flushing Meadows. It is the first time in the last seven years that Roger misses the final of the US Open. He has won five trophies from 2004-08.

Roger saw two match points today but let them slip away. He also committed too many errors during the critical phases of the match and was often not able to count on his first serve. The two players showed a most entertaining display of tennis on an amazingly high level - the match was only over after 3 hours and 44 minutes.

“They all pretty much feel the same. They feel somewhat empty at the end, because you have tried everything—and maybe it was luck. Maybe it was he played well. Maybe you didn’t pick the right shot. Maybe he did,” said Federer, who had won 45 of his previous 46 matches at the U.S. Open, reaching six consecutive finals.

“You feel like you left something out there if you lose a match having had match point,” Federer added. “It wasn’t a final, so I’m not as disappointed if it would have been a final.”

“It’s only going to fuel me with more motivation to practice hard and get back to Grand Slam finals, which I haven’t been in for the last three Slams,” Federer said. “I feel like I’m playing well, and I would have deserved to be in the finals tomorrow.”

Date: 12.09.2010, Source: RF Official and AP


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